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Abortion Facts & Prayer for the End of Abortion

January 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since then over 55 million children have been killed legally by abortion in the United States. That equates to around 18% of the U.S. population.

The Catholic Church is very clear on her stand on abortion. It is wrong. It is the deliberate killing of an unborn human person, of a human person God created. It is never right or justified.

The website Number of Abortions has several real-time abortion counters that show the number of abortions based on the most current statistics in the U.S. and worldwide. Below are some of the abortion counters listed and the number of abortions at the time I wrote this article:

U.S. since 1973: Roe v. Wade ----- 55,880,503
By Planned Parenthood since 1970 ----- 6,341,118
By Planned Parenthood this year ----- 19,551
United States this year ----- 72,120
U.S. this year after 16 weeks gestation ----- 3,821
U.S. this year due to rape or incest ----- 700
Worldwide since 1980 ----- 1,282,310,245
Worldwide this year -----2,337,880

There are also abortion counters for In United States Today, Worldwide since you loaded this page, and Worldwide Today. It is truly harrowing to watch as the numbers for these counters rise by the second - especially the worldwide counters. The numbers go up with every blink. With every breath. With every blink more unborn children lose their chance of ever taking their first breath.

I read that on January 9, 2013, Planned Parenthood made the decision to move away from using the term pro-choice. Planned Parenthood doesn’t plan to define a new term, but instead wants to present abortion as too complicated to be defined by pro-choice or pro-life. But, no matter how they present abortion, it remains the same - the deliberate killing of an unborn human person.

Personally, I have never really liked the term pro-choice either. I choose to support life. I choose to be pro-life, so doesn’t that make me pro-choice, in a sense, too? The definition, however, of pro-choice in our society has meant that one supports legalized abortion. But, like I said in my The Catholic Church and Abortion article, why not call it what it is - pro-abortion? Does that mean those of us who support all life should be called anti-abortion? I don’t know. Honestly that wouldn’t bother me. I am pro-life and anti-abortion. I pray that one day abortion will be illegal again. I pray that one day our society will value life again.

I have friends who say pro-choice (as society defines it) is different than pro-abortion. I disagree. Either a person is willing to defend life - all life - or not. Either a person supports legalized abortion or not. Yes, I know some people say it depends on the situation. But if someone supports abortion in any situation, that seems pretty pro-abortion to me. Because a life is a life is a life. Every life is beautiful and every person God creates should be allowed to be born, if that is his will. He should make the decision, not us.

In all Dioceses of the United States, January 22 is a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. This day shall be observed, as quoted from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website, “as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.”

I will conclude with the following prayer I wrote for the end of abortion.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are the creator of all life. You are the author of the world. We know every life you create is unique and beautiful.

We pray for an end to all legalized abortion worldwide.
Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the souls of the unborn victims of abortion.
Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for their mothers, for their healing from abortion.
Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for all affected by abortion.
Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray in the name of your beloved Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.


Amen

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